Recent Research Publications

Refereed Journal Articles

  1. Dollery, B. E. and McQuestin, D. (2017), ‘No Panacea: Rate-Capping in South Australian Local Government’, Economic Analysis and Policy (in print).
  2. Dollery, B. E. and Drew, J. (2017), ‘Paying the Piper: A Critical Examination of ACIL Allen’s (2016) An Economic Assessment of Recasting Council Boundaries in South Australia’, Economic Analysis and Policy (in print).
  3. Blackwell, B., MacFarlane, J., Fischer, A. and Dollery, B. E. (2017), ‘‘Diversifying Cores but Stagnant Peripheries: Mining and Other Industry Employment Contributions to Development in Local Government Areas of the Northern Territory’, Economic Papers, DOI: 10.1111/1759-3441.12182
  4. Dollery, B. E. and Drew, J. D. (2016), ‘An Assessment of the New South Wales Government’s Post-Amalgamation Rate Path Freeze Policy’, Journal of Australian Taxation, 18, 143-162.
  5. Brodtkorb, T., Wallis, J. L., Dollery, B.E. and MacCarthaigh, M. (2017), 'Commissions and Local Government Reform: Expressed Leadership Identities of Commissioners in Inquiries Proposing Municipal Mergers in Northern Ireland and New South Wales', Politics and Policy, 45(2), 285-308.
  6. Drew, J. and Dollery, B.E. (2017), ‘Chalk and Cheese: A Comparative Analysis of Local Government Reform Processes in New South Wales and Victoria’, International Journal of Public Administration http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2017.1298609
  7. Dollery, B. E. and Yamazaki, K. (2017), ‘Is Bigger Really Better? A Comparative Analysis of Municipal Mergers in Australian and Japanese Local Government’, International Journal of Public Administration DOI: 10.1080/01900692.2017.1298127
  8. Valle de Souza, S., Kortt, M. and Dollery, B. E. (2017), ‘Counting the Cost: A Critical Evaluation of the Australian National Broadband Network Roll-Out under the Rudd/Gillard Governments’, International Journal of Public Administration DOI: 10.1080/01900692.2016.1255960
  9. Brodtkorb, T., Wallis, J. L. and Dollery, B.E. (2017), ‘Advancing Commission Scholarship by Inferring Leadership Legacy Motivations from Commission Reports: The Case of Sir Michael Lyons’, Public Policy and Administration doi: 10.1177/0952076717699261
  10. Catubig, M. C., Villano, R. and Dollery, B. E. (2016), ‘The Administrative Efficiency of Conditional Cash Transfer Programs: Evidence from Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program’, Asia-Pacific Development Review (in print).
  11. Fahey, G., Drew, J. and Dollery, B. E. (2016), ‘Merger Myths: A Functional Analysis of Scale Economies in New South Wales Local Government’, Public Finance and Management, 16(4)
  12. Dollery, B. E. and Drew, J. D (2016), ‘Hired Guns: Local Government Mergers in New South Wales and the KPMG Modelling Report’, Australian Accounting Review (in print).
  13. Drew, J. and Dollery B. E., 'What's in a Name? Assessing the Performance of Local Government Classification Systems', Local Government Studies, 2015 (in print).
  14. Kortt, M.A., Dollery B., Drew J. "Municipal Mergers in New Zealand: An Empirical Analysis of the Proposed Amalgamation of the Hawke's Bay Councils", Local Government Studies, 2015 (in print).
  15. Sinnewe, E, Kortt, M. and Dollery, B. E "Is Biggest Best? A Comparative Analysis of the Financial Viability of the Brisbane City Council", Australian Journal of Public Administration, 2015 (in print).
  16. Simmons, P. and Dollery, B. E. "Explaining the Australian Local Government Infrastructure Expenditure Backlog: A Market Failure Approach", Economic Papers, 2015 (in print).
  17. Sinnewe, E, Kortt, M. and Dollery, B. E. 'Religion and life satisfaction: Evidence from Germany', Social Indicators Research, 2015 (in print).
  18. Dollery, B., Kortt, M. A. and Crase, L., "Community Council Cooperation: The Lake Macquarie City Council Co-Governance Delegation Model", International Journal of Public Administration, 2014, 37(11), 747-755
  19. Drew, J. and Dollery, B. E. "Breaking Up is Hard to Do: The Costs of the De-amalgamation of the Delatite Shire Council", Public Finance and Management, 2014 (in print).
  20. Drew, J. and Dollery, B. E. "Road to Ruin? Consistency, Transparency and Horizontal Equalisation of Road Grant Allocations in Eastern Mainland Australian States", Public Administration Quarterly, 2014 (in print).
  21. Drew, J., Kortt, M. and Dollery, B. E. 'Can't get no Satisfaction: The Association between Community Satisfaction and Population Size for Victoria', Australian Journal of Public Administration, 2014 (in print).
  22. Yarram, S. and Dollery, B. E. 'Corporate Governance and Financial Policies: Influence of Board Characteristics on the Dividend Policy of Australian Firms', Managerial Finance, 2014 (in print).
  23. Drew, J. and Dollery, B. E. 'Inconsistent Depreciation Practice and Public Policymaking: Local Government Reform in New South Wales', Australian Accounting Review, 2014 (in print).
  24. Marques, R., Dollery, B. E. and Kortt, M. 'The Optimal Size of Local Government: The Case of Tasmania Councils', Australian Journal of Public Administration, 2014 (in print).
  25. Valle de Souza, S, Dollery, B. E. and Kortt, M. 'De-amalgamation in Action: The Queensland Experience', Public Management Review, 2014,DOI: 10.1080/14719037.2014.930506.
  26. Kortt, M.A., Dollery, B., Grant, B. 'Religion and Life Satisfaction Down Under', Journal of Happiness Studies, 2014 (in print).
  27. Drew, J. and Dollery, B. E., "Keeping It In-House: Households Versus Population as Alternative Proxies for Local Government Output", Australian Journal of Public Administration, 73(2), 235-246, 2014.
  28. Dollery, B. E. Kortt, M. and O'Keefe, S. (2014), 'Local Co-governance and Environmental Sustainability in New South Wales Local Government: The Lake Macquarie City Council Sustainable Neighbourhoods Program', Economic Papers, 33(1), 36-44, 2014.
  29. Grant, B., Dollery, B. E., Kortt, M. (2014), 'Is There a Case for Mandating Directly Elected 'Semi-executive' Mayors in Australian Local Government? Lessons from the 2012 Queensland Local Government Elections', Australian Journal of Public Administration (in print).
  30. Drew, J. D. and Dollery, B. E., "Would Bigger Councils Yield Scale Economies in the Greater Perth Metropolitan Region? A Critique of the Metropolitan Local Government Review for Perth Local Government", Australian Journal of Public Administration, 73(1), 128-137, 2014.
  31. Siew King Ting, Villano, R. and Dollery, B. E. (2014), 'Administrative Scale Economies in Local Government: An Empirical Analysis of Sabah Municipalities, 2000 to 2009', Urban Studies (in print).
  32. Lewis C, Dollery B.E., Kortt M.A. "Building the Education Revolution Program: Another Case of Australian Government Failure?", International Journal of Public Administration, 37(1), 299–307, 2014.
  33. Drew, J. and Dollery, B. E. 'Separation Anxiety: An Empirical Evaluation of the Sunshine Coast Regional Council De-amalgamation', Public Money and Management, 34(3), 213-220, 2014.
  34. Grant, B., Kortt, M. and Dollery, B. E. 'Recasting Leadership Reform in Australian Local Government: A Taxonomy from Political Theory', Local Government Studies, 2014 (in print).
  35. Drew, J. D and Dollery, B. E. 'The Impact of Metropolitan Amalgamations in Sydney on Financial Sustainability', Public Money and Management, 34(4), 281-288, 2014.
  36. Dollery, B. E. and Grant, B. 'Symposium on Financial Sustainability and Amalgamation in Local Government: Part 2', Public Finance and Management, 13(3), 142-147, 2013.
  37. Dollery, B. E., Grant, B. and Kortt, M. 'An Evaluation of Amalgamation and Financial Viability in Australian Local Government', Public Finance and Management, 13(3), 215-238, 2013.
  38. Kortt, M.A., Dollery, B.E., Grant B. (2013), 'The Relationship between Religious Affiliation and Returns to Human Capital for Women', Economic Papers, 32, 395-404, 2013.
  39. Blackwell, B. and Dollery, B. E. 'Resource Taxation and Remote Aboriginal Expenditure', Economic Papers, 32(3), 360-382, 2013.
  40. Drew, J., Kortt, M., and Dollery, B. E. 'Did the Big Stick Work? An Empirical Assessment of Scale Economies and the Queensland Forced Amalgamation Program', Local Government Studies, 2013 (in print).
  41. Drew, J. and Dollery, B. E. 'Does Size Still Matter? An Empirical Analysis of the Effectiveness of Victorian Local Authorities', Local Government Studies, 2013 (in print).
  42. Blackwell, B. and Dollery, B.E. 'The Impact of Mining Expenditure on Remote Communities in Australia: The Ranger Uranium Mine and the Tanami Gold Mine in the Northern Territory', Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 19, 369-395, 2013.
  43. Dollery, B. E. and Grant, B. (2013). "Introduction to Symposium on Amalgamation and Financial Sustainability in Local Government: Part 1", Public Finance and Management, 13(2).
  44. Dollery, B.E., Kortt, M. and De Souza, S. 'Enduring Financial Sustainability through "Bottom-Up" Local Authority Ingenuity and Rational "Top-Down" State Regulation: The Case of Lake Macquarie City Council', International Journal of Public Administration, 2014, 37, 215-223.
  45. Dollery, B.E., Kortt, M. and Grant, B. 'Fools Rush In: The Case Against Radical Water and Wastewater Restructuring in Regional NSW', International Journal of Public Administration, 2013, 37(1), 1-9.
  46. Nagpal, M., Kortt, M. and Dollery, B. E. 'Bang for the Buck? An Evaluation of the Roads to Recovery Program', Economics Papers, 2013, 32(2), 239-248.
  47. Blackwell, B. and Dollery, B. E. 'Income Factor Shares from Mining in Remote Australia: An Analysis of the Ranger Uranium Mine and the Tanami Gold Mine in the Northern Territory', Australian Journal of Regional Studies, 19, 369-395, 2013.
  48. Grant B., Dollery B.E., Kortt M. and B Blackwell, B. 'A Survey of Community Engagement in Australian Local Government', Journal of African and Asian Local Government Studies, 2012, 1(4), 1-29.
  49. van der Westhuizen, G. Dollery, B. E. and Grant, B. 'An Efficiency Analysis of Basic Service Provision in South African Local Government (2006/7 to 2008/9)', Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa, 2012, 8(2), 268-282.
  50. Dell 'Anno, R. and Dollery, B. E. 'Comparative Fiscal Illusion: A Fiscal Illusion Index for the European Union', Empirical Economics, 33(1), 51-84, 2012.
  51. Drew, J., Kortt, M. and Dollery, B. E. 'A Cautionary Tale: Council Amalgamation in Tasmania and the Deloitte Access Economics Report', Australian Journal of Public Administration, 72(1), 55-65, 2013.
  52. Drew, J., Kortt, M. and Dollery, B. E. 'Economies of Scale and Local Government Expenditure: Evidence from Australia', Administration and Society, 46(646(6): 632-653, 2014.
  53. Crase, L, O'Keefe, S and Dollery, B. E. 'Talk is Cheap, or is it?  The Cost of Consulting about Uncertain Reallocation of Water in the Murray-Darling Basin, Australia', Ecological Economics, 88(3), 206-213, 2012.
  54. Wijeweera, A. and Dollery, B. E. "J-Curve Disparity between the Goods Sector and the Service Sector: Evidence from Australia", Applied Economics Letters, 20, 452-456, 2012
  55. Wong, Y. S., Ho Chong Mun and Dollery, B. E. "Impact of Exchange Rate Volatility on Import Flows: The Case of Malaysia and the United States", Applied Financial Economics, 22, 2027-2034, 2012.
  56. Buultjens, J., Ambrosoli, K. and Dollery, B. E. "The Establishment of Regional Development Australia Committees in Australia: Issues and Initiatives for the Future", Australasian Journal of Regional Studies, 18(2), 182-205, 2012.
  57. Kortt, M. and Dollery, B.E. "Religion and BMI in Australia", Journal of Religion and Health, 2014, 53(10), 217-228.
  58. Kortt, M., Dollery, B. E. and Grant, B. "Regional and Local Tensions: The Role of Shared Services", Public Policy (Special Edition), 7(1), 33-43, 2012.
  59. Kortt, M., Dollery, B. E. and Grant, B. "Protestantism and Work Ethic: Evidence from Australia", Empirical Economic Letters, 11(2), 197-202, 2012.
  60. Grant, B., Dollery, B. E. and van der Westhuizen, G. "Locally Constructed Regionalism: The City of Geraldton, Western Australia", Public Policy (Special Edition), 7(1), 55-67, 2012.
  61. Grant, B., Dollery, B. E. and Kortt, M. "Introduction", Public Policy (Special Edition), 7(1), 1-4, 2012.
  62. Kortt, M. and Dollery, B. E. "The Home Insulation Program: An Example of Australian Government Failure", Australian Journal of Public Administration, 71(1), 65-75, 2012.
  63. Dollery, B. E., Kortt, M. and Wijeweera, A. "Misconceiving Regional/Local Tensions: Two Case Studies from Tasmania", Public Policy (Special Edition), 7(1), 44-53, 2012.
  64. Grant, B. and Dollery, B. E. (2012), "Autonomy Versus Oversight in Local Government Reform: The Implications of 'Home Rule' for Australian Local Government", Australian Journal of Political Science, 47(3), 399-412, 2012.
  65. Dollery, B.E., Buultjens, J. and Adams, K. "Enhancing Australian Regional Policy: A Conceptual Framework for Assessing the Role of Regional Development Australia", Space and Polity, 15(3), 241-255, 2011.
  66. Dollery, B. E., Fiorillo, F. and Burton, T. "Running the Big Smoke: A Critical Analysis of the KPMG (2008) Approach to Local Government Reform in the Sydney Metropolitan Area", Australian Journal of Regional Studies, 18(2), 232-256, 2012.
  67. Crase, L, O'Keefe, S. and Dollery, B. E. "Presumptions of Linearity and Faith in the Power of Centralised Decision-Making: Two Challenges to the Efficient Management of Environmental Water in Australian", Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, 56, 426-433, 2012.
  68. Dollery, B. E., Kortt, M. and Grant, B. "Harnessing Private Funds to Alleviate the Australian Local Government Infrastructure Backlog", Economic Papers, 31(1), 114–122, 2012

Books

  1. Dollery, B. E., Kortt, M. and Grant, B. Funding the Future: Financial Sustainability and Infrastructure Finance in Australian Local Government, Sydney, Federation Press, 2013, xi + 276.
  2. Dollery, B. E., Grant, B. and Kortt, M. Councils in Cooperation: Shared Services and Australian Local Government, Sydney, Federation Press, 2012, xii +276.

Monographs

  1. Dollery, B. E. Catalysing the Renewal of Local Infrastructure in Regional Communities: The Case for Local Infrastructure Australia, Regional Australia Institute, Canberra, November, 2012, 36.